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Skier’s thumb
Another name for a sprained thumb is “Skier’s thumb” becausethis is the kind of injury that most commonly occurs to skiers. What happens isthat the prime ligament in the thumb is stretched in a way that makes it bendbackwards. Skiers are not the only sportsmen that are susceptible to this kindof injury, as it is usually associated with sports in general.

Whether this injury will be completely healed or not dependson the way it was sustained. If the thumb was bent completely backwards, thenthe injury will, in fact, be entirely cured after proper treatment. If,however, the thumb was tilted to the side, then that is the kind of sprainafter which the thumb will never be entirely properly fixed.

What are the symptoms of a sprained thumb?

One needn’t worry about the chance of not noticing thesprain straight away, as its symptoms are usually quite easily visible. Firstof all, the thumb, as well as the entire area around it, will be under a lot ofpain. This pain manifests itself instantly and it tends to be so throbbing andsevere, that it’s really impossible to ignore.

It takes no more than a couple of minutes for the nextsymptom to appear, which is the swelling that spreads around the whole area,beginning from the root of the thumb.

Due to the type of injury, the affected thumb will lackstability and firmness, and depending on the degree of the deficit in question,the person will either need to undergo surgery or not. The surgery is requiredwhen the thumb was tilted to the side while sustaining the injury. What thissignifies is that the ligament was not just sprained, but ruptured, which is afar more serious issue.

How to treat a sprained thumb

The first step toattending to the injured thumb is to apply ice packs and cold compresses to theinjury several times a day and hold them for about fifteen minutes. Theseshould help numb the pain as well as decrease the level of swelling. One otherthing that’s also good to do is place a bandage around the thumb for support.

What’s also important to keep in mind is that no burdenshould be placed on the thumb until it’s healed. That means no heavy lifting orany kind of activity that might worsen the condition. It’s also important toremember to lift the thumb from time to time in order to discharge the fluidthat might have gathered in the injured area.

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